A long overdue “hello” from Swiss Miss!

Apologies to my dear blog for taking some time off. I know it has been far too long but with too much on our plates for June and most of this month, something had to slip and it was you.  The truth is, I’ve thought about blogging daily! Whether it was back in Paris or once we arrived here, there have been countless moments where I have wanted to write but time, stress and other priorities took over. Never fear, I am back.

So, here we are! We are newly minted permit-holders for SWITZERLAND!!! If you have ever lived abroad you can probably relate to how we felt the day our permits were ready.  There is just something very very official about your ‘move’ once you are holding a permit that allows you to live, work and play in another country. It’s also very nerve-wracking in the weeks leading up to receiving such permits. The what-ifs are endless and although the likelihood of something going wrong is very low, it is also not unheard of in the expat world. Nevertheless, we are here, we have permits, hear us roar!!

Since arriving, we have worked hard to set up the new house despite a massive spike in temperatures and the 3 flights of stairs (whose idea was it to live in a house!?) to carry stuff and up and down. The juniors have been great and thus we have treated them to afternoons ‘off’ from boring house stuff. We are lucky enough to live by the water so trips to the beach and/or the water park have been plenty! One early purchase has been an inflatable stand up paddle board which ALL of us have taken to using. I am sure, given the opportunity, that the dog would give it a go, as well.

There is so much left to do and things to figure out but we will get there. For now, all I can say is that our life is at a pace that matches us so much better right now.  The kids are loving being able to ride their bikes all over town and to the beach. The dog and I have been enjoying 6am runs along the water (where he then shows off his biathlete skills with a swim!). Mr H has such a short commute that he is able to walk to and from work for the very first time. Life will still have its ups and downs here, but we feel like we can breathe for the first time in years and for me, as the maman of this family, that makes me very very zen.

A few photos from our life here in Switzerland:

Préverenges Beach
Préverenges Beach
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Alphorns at the Saturday morning farmer’s market!
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Miss M colouring outside
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Go go go! Cycling along Lac Léman!
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Water park across the street from us.
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Can you spot Leni swimming in the lake???
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Buddy learning to stand up paddle board
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Miss M learning to stand up paddle board

Photo credits: Jennifer Hart

Author: Jennifer Hart

Traveller. Wife. Mother. Bilingual. Hiker. Shopper. Skier. Snowboarder. Soccer midfielder. Marathoner. Canadian. Wine lover. Mama also to a crazy labrador retriever. My running keeps me grounded. My writing keeps me sane. My kids and husband keep me loved. These are our stories, love them or leave them. We may not have a permanent home but we have each other.

2 thoughts on “A long overdue “hello” from Swiss Miss!”

  1. I am so very happy you have more or less settled in to your new home. The kids look like they are loving every minute so far and so do the adults come to that 😀 I do agree that the pace there will suit you all, it seems a little more ‘laid back’. Lucky to have the lake/beach and water park close by too.

    One day we will come and visit, hope you have a spare room, if not the sofa will do lol.

    Sending lots of love and good luck wishes to you all in your new abode, lots of love from the Luxford household xxxxxx

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